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There Was a Leak in My Chicago Kitchen, How Do I Make Sure That My Cabinets Do Not Sustain Damage?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

water on the floor near a kitchen sink and fridge Water damage to a home is not fun for any family to deal with. Call SERVPRO to get water damage remediation professionals out to you quickly.

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques to Mitigate Damage in Chicago

A water leak is never a positive thing for your Chicago home. Still, when you suspect damage to your expensive kitchen cabinets, it is essential to seek assistance right away to mitigate further damage. Hidden pockets of moisture left unattended can cause extensive secondary damage. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists employ superior drying methods to retain the structural integrity of your cabinets.

How Do I Know if There is Moisture in My Cabinetry?

When dealing with a water restoration in your Chicago kitchen, it is crucial first to determine the presence of excess moisture. Our technicians use moisture detection equipment with probes to measure the presence and amount of water found hiding in your cabinets. These probes are often necessary because the finish on kitchen cabinets may act as a vapor barrier that does not always allow accurate moisture readings.

What Are Somethings SERVPRO Does to Effectively Dry My Cabinets Without Damaging Them?

  • If cabinets do not have a back, technicians may drill a hole behind the cabinet to aid in air circulation.
  • If the cabinet has a back, technicians may drill smaller holes to add with circulation, after obtaining your agreement.
  • Typically, technicians remove base molding underneath the cabinet, allowing access to the toe kick cavity.
  • Technicians create airflow in the toe kick area by drilling small holes.

In addition to using specialized drying techniques, SERVPRO technicians use biocide to kill microorganisms and limit mold growth. This helps mitigate long term damage. Technicians repair any drilled holes with a comparable material to make it look "Like it never even happened."

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.


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Can Flooding in Chicago Ruin Carpeting?

5/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Equipment and Techniques to Salvage Carpets after Water Damage Has Occurred

Water damage from a broken pipe or flood can take a toll on the house, especially if it occurs when nobody is around. An especially vulnerable item during this time is the carpet. Textiles used for carpeting can hold water and moisture and subsequently turn into breeding grounds for fungi, bacteria, colonies and other disease-inducing microbes. These microorganisms can cause progressive damage to expensive carpets and furniture.

If your Chicago home has sustained water damage from a leaking pipe, it is crucial to commence the water removal process as soon as possible. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified technicians who can respond quickly to try to save your carpet. The water removal procedure is extremely technical and laborious, so the faster we start, the quicker the damage can be mitigated.

Drying the Water Damaged Carpet in Chicago

To counter the water damage, our technicians use air movers to increase evaporation and minimize the drying time. Air movers create airflow at the surface, which pushes moisture into the air in the form of water vapor and replaces the wet air with drier air. In some cases, we may use a carpet clamp to help lift the carpet and allow air to flow underneath (floating the carpet.)  Thanks to their high-velocity airflow, air movers can speed up the drying process tremendously. SERVPRO technicians are trained to control the force and direction of airflow, as air movers are strong enough to blow curtains, wall hangings, and other house items off the wall. Our priority is to evaluate the extent of the water damage, and then determine which type of air mover to use.

Once we have removed all the surface water, we can then install professional drying fan equipment to get rid of the remaining dampness. This is very important to prevent mold growth. When the area is completely dry, we can initiate the professional carpet cleaning and shampooing.

We understand that cleaning water-soaked carpets is tough in a water damage situation. The restoration is a race against time. When tragedy strikes, you can count on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to respond quickly and initiate the water removal process. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

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Why Do Restoration Professionals Use Scientifically-Based Drying Methodologies to Respond to a Water Loss in Chicago?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Expect Great Results When SERVPRO's Skilled Crews and State-of-the-Art Equipment Arrive at Your Water Damaged Chicago Residence

The urgency of a water emergency tends to inspire Chicago homeowners to want fast and effective action. In dedication to respecting and meeting their customer's understandable desires, professional water loss companies invest in up-to-date training for their managers and technicians and cutting edge equipment geared to a rapid response. Underlying these preparations is the continual research and standards development underwritten by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

What Is Psychrometry?

You might not recognize the term, but you need your Chicago water damage company to be well-versed in psychrometry. Psychrometry is the science of drying, balancing air movement, humidity, and temperature, and their effect on building materials and furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. When your home suffers water damage, it is inadequate to pump and extract the bulk of the water, although aggressive completion of that first phase is critical to eventual structural drying. Applying the elements of psychrometry systematically and consistently is the foundation of a successful outcome.

What Is Needed for Drying to Occur?

Self-help and DIY resources might suggest opening doors and windows and placing fans in the space where water damage occurred. Then the homeowner simply waits until the structure dries out. This approach offers the bare basics of an open drying system, which attempts to exchange the moist air inside your water-damaged home with the air outside. Unfortunately, SERVPRO finds this low-tech and minimal maintenance system is often not the answer.

When Does an Open System Work?

Although it seems straightforward and seems to need little to no professional help, this strategy is not the answer for most locales. An open drying system is effective under only certain circumstances, rarely available on a consistent basis in our Midwestern region. The requirements for a workable open drying system mandate that the outside air tests at least 20 grains per pound (gpp) lower in moisture than the indoor air. In layperson's terms, this means:

The outdoor air needs to offer both the following in comparison to the air in the water-damaged indoor spaces:

    •    A higher temperature
    •    Lower relative humidity

Late fall, entire winter, and early spring months typically are not reliably warm enough to offer these conditions. Precipitation and high outdoor humidity also limit the use of a closed drying system.

The disadvantages of an open system also include:

    •    Security risks due to open doors and windows
    •    Excessive heating or cooling system expenses
    •    Weather extremes and changes that disrupt the balance
    •    Increased monitoring needed  which negates the any cost savings

How Does a Closed Drying System Compare with an Open System?

Choosing a closed drying system requires containing the wet spaces both from the outside air and unaffected areas inside your home. We achieve containment with windows and doors, if available. Otherwise, 1.6 mil polyethylene hung and sealed can create smaller drying chambers. Professional drying specialists then manipulate temperature and air movement within these partitioned spaces. Keeping the relative humidity at or below 40 percent allows us to increase the rate of evaporation from the structural components into the atmosphere inside the contained area. The control our technicians can exert increases the speed of evaporation, which can then be captured by dehumidifiers.

What Is Considered When Calculating Setup of Dehumidifiers?

In general, we look at three elements -- the nature of the wet environment, the class of water damage, and the capacity of the dehumidifier.

What Is Meant by the Nature of the Environment?

We quantify the porous or absorbent materials in the water damaged area. Highly porous contents and structural components include:

    •    Carpets and pads
    •    Clothing
    •    Upholstered furniture
    •    Unfinished wood
    •    Paper products
    •    Drywall
    •    Insulation

How Do We Determine Water Damage Class?

    •    Class 1 has the least amount of absorbed moisture, with solid and non-porous materials prevailing.
    •    Class 2 has moderate amounts of adsorbed moisture, with wet carpets, pads, rugs, and water wicked less than 24 inches up drywall.
    •    Class 3 has high amounts of absorbed moisture, water often entering from above as well as below. Wet areas predominate.
    •    Class 4 is a specialty drying category -- wood, concrete, ground, or soil.

What Delineates Dehumidifier Capacity?

We review the manufacturer's specifications. Capacity is measured by either:

    •    The number of cubic feet of air the dehumidifier conditions per minute (CFM)
    •    The number of gallons of water removed in 24 hours under the standard AHAM test conditions

Our trained Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians plug values into the appropriate formula to determine refrigerant dehumidifier needs.

How does SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stand apart from other water damage contractors? Our highly-qualified employees and specialized equipment deliver premier, research-based results for our residential customers. Call (312) 509-5000 round the clock for expert assistance.

I Have Water Damage Due To An Open Window In My Chicago Home, Can SERVPRO Help?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can help with your Chicago water damage from a window that was left open.

We have all done this some time in our lives. It's cloudy when we leave the house, and the weatherman said there was only a 10% chance of rain, so no need to close the windows. And yet, that 10% number changed to 100% in your area, and the wind blew the rain horizontally right into your open window, saturating your home with water. The furniture near the window and the hardwood floors are soaked.

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Chicago and the surrounding area. We are certified in many areas by the IICRC. Certification includes Structural drying, Microbial Remediation, Floor Care, Upholstery / Fabric Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, and many more areas. Our teams are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We can meet you at your home, usually in less than four hours, for all emergencies.

Removing Water from Furniture and Floors

If the water is not removed quickly, permanent damage to your floors and furniture can occur. The frame of the furniture may swell and crack, causing the frame to lose structural strength. Colors in the fabric may run, staining the fabric. Colors may bleed from pillows and throw rugs onto the floor, and mildew can also begin to grow, leading to mold infestations.

Homeowners should use mops to remove all excess water from hardwood floors. SERVPRO uses drying mats to remove all of the water between the boards and away from the subfloor. Water left to dry naturally may be absorbed by the hardwood or the subfloor, causing cupping, crowning, and even cracking of the hardwood.

Once we remove all excess water, SERVPRO deploys air movers to blow dry air into the area to absorb moisture. We also use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels to normal ranges. Fast response by SERVPRO can save your flooring and reduce the cost and disruption to your home significantly.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve the South Shore, Washington Park, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is your Bathroom in Need of Water Removal Services in Chicago?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

water overflowing in bathroom sink Whether your sink, bathtub or toilet overflows as a result of a child's prank, call SERVPRO for efficient remediation efforts.

Team SERVPRO Tackles Your Water Damage in Chicago

Children are known to get up to some mayhem, but it is never a good thing when that mischief puts your home in need of urgent water cleanup services. When your child's curiosity leads them to stuff the drain of your bathroom sink, the resulting mess can be overwhelming. While you were doing some house chores, they left the tap running and flooded your bathroom. By the time you find the mess, it is entirely possible that it is too much water to clean up on your own. Additionally, you may rightfully worry about the dangers of the water soaking into the floor and walls.
 
However, you can take comfort knowing that there are professionals close to your home that can provide water cleanup services in Chicago to you. As soon as you find the water in your house, it is essential to get on the phone and call for help. It is for the better that the water is addressed quickly. Leaving it for too long can result in further damages to your home, such as mold damage in the walls or cracks in your tile from the structure underneath becoming damaged.
 
SERVPRO always strives to travel to your home as swiftly as possible. We understand the importance that time takes in remediation and thus always try to beat it. Once we arrive at your home, SERVPRO can immediately begin to use advanced technology to clean up the water in your bathroom.
 
SERVPRO uses tools such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to cleanup pooled and stagnant water. Once the water is gone, we can use moisture meters to detect if your bathroom needs further drying. Leaving it without checking could allow the development of mold in your bathroom. Should the space need further remediation, we can use tools such as ventilation box fans and air movers to reduce moisture. Lastly, we can recommend to you a plumber to unclog the sink your child stuffed up, so this problem will not happen again.
 
Do not hesitate if your child should cause an extensive mess in your home that needs a professional touch. Dial (312) 509-5000 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We always strive to return your home to its pre-flooded state.

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Water Removal In Your Chicago Home

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Removal Equipment Salvages any Damp Materials, Keeping the Renovation of Your Chicago Home on Schedule

Many of the materials used to renovate a Chicago home arrive from various distances. Some items need to adjust to the Windy City’s climate, especially the amount of moisture these materials contain. Accidents and mishaps do happen, and when these involve water from a broken water line or a slipped tarp that lets in rain, getting these dry again can save your investment while reducing changes to the schedule.

This is only one reason why homeowners in Chicago might need water removal services at their residence. There are many other situations where the interior of a residence might become damp, wet, or even flooded. SERVPRO is always ready to assist property owners in the area with all of these. No job is ever too large, overly complicated, or too small.

We arrive in our Green Fleet, which we keep stocked with the disposable items needed during most jobs, as well as the equipment and machines used during water removal and drying tasks. We also carry the diagnostic tools that help us locate migrated water, slightly damp materials, hidden water, and leaks, as well as determine the moisture contained in affected materials. We compare initial baselines to readings taken later, during the water removal and drying process, so we know the effectiveness of our machines.

Different variables can change the rate at which materials dry. The material itself can make drying out slower, as can cooler temperatures and a lack of air currents. Damp air can also make water removal take longer. We change these conditions to gain optimal drying rates.

Additional equipment, including our pump trucks, help us extract any standing water that might exist in your house. A smaller amount of water also needs to be removed. This can happen quickly with portable units that we attach to the pump truck or to another container to receive the water.

When we locate water, trapped inside walls, or other enclosed locations, we remove this with small drain holes made in inconspicuous or hidden locations. Forcing these locations full of warm, dry air, with another opening to allow for venting, gets these locations dry.

When materials need to have excess moisture or water removed, we can build an enclosure called a drying chamber, around them. We use the same equipment in a similar manner with these chambers. We also monitor the materials to ensure they do not become overly dry, as this can also cause problems.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000, and we can help your home recover from any accident that left things wet. Water removal takes much less time than air-drying alone and provides much better results. Results like this can make all the difference in the end result of your renovation or other project.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Water Loss

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A huge water spot on the ceiling of this home We have the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition right away after a water loss.

Restoring the Vibrance of Hardwood after Chicago Water Losses

Premier building materials like hardwood used for cabinetry, shelving, flooring, and other areas of your Chicago home can become damaged when exposed to water losses. Because of the cellulose in woods like oak, maple, pine, and cedar, absorption can happen after only a short period, even with finished surfaces with a varnish or sealant. Prolonged exposure can mar the surface of these materials and require additional steps from our SERVPRO professionals to restore their vibrancy and aesthetic appeal.

No effort to refinish or repair hardwood water damage to Chicago homes can be successful without first extracting standing water and drying out saturated materials. Water losses can originate from many different places in the house, and one of these is underneath the flooring materials in a plumbing network to various fixtures throughout the property. Whether moisture originates from the top layer or beneath the underlayment of the flooring, drying out this saturation involves a full arrangement of powerful tools, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and drying mats.

Genuine hardwood structural elements are often cheaper to dry than to remove and replace. Even with substantial saturation concerns that require prolonged deployments of drying mats, centrifugal air movers, and appropriately positioned dehumidification machines, these efforts are less costly than the expense of replacing the material and the charge of reconstruction. Restoring the final look of these surfaces can happen in several ways once this drying step completes.

Cleaning 

We have many floor cleaners that our SERVPRO professionals can use to regain the original sheen and polished finish on hardwood surfaces. Products that utilize citric bases and thyme oil can both provide a glossy shine as well as work to remove any water damage residue that might exist.

Refinishing 

Our team of in-house residential contractors can repair hardwood flooring and offer refinishing services. This approach can improve the top layer of flooring or other wood surfaces without requiring the removal of the material itself.

Reconstruction 

There are times where specific hardwood materials and structural elements cannot get restored and repaired as initially thought. The solution in these situations is to remove portions of the floors, sections of cabinets, or other exposed surfaces and rebuild them after mitigation and cleaning.

Water losses can damage the look of hardwood in your home, but our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help. We have experienced technicians and contractors trained to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (312) 509-5000.

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Mitigating Furniture Loss during Water Removal in Chicago

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Mitigating Furniture Loss during Water Removal in Chicago Residences

Large quantities from a variety of sources can end up in your property. For some, adjacent tenements or overall water supply malfunctions can cause flooding. These external flood-causing factors may also include heavy rainfall or a violent storm. Equally likely, is that water spills occur because of internal issues. These issues could include faulty appliances, a malfunctioning sump pump, drainage issues, or sewer back-up. In short, there are so many potentially damage-causing incidents that mitigating against all of them is impossible. However, you can prepare adequately to reduce the impact when these situations do happen.

As a responsible homeowner, one way you can prepare ahead of time is by finding a water removal company in Chicago. Local services can often reduce call-out times as well as providing an intimate knowledge of the architecture and design of properties common to the area. SERVPRO is a local restoration service provider that uses industry-leading training and expertise to help homeowners overcome water-related emergencies.

After contacting SERVPRO, you can begin the restoration procedure by removing items from the affected area. Be extra-careful as areas of the home can become warped, weakened, or dangerous under massive amounts of water pressure. Standing water also creates a visibility barrier, which could lead to tripping over when moving through it. However, if you feel confident in removing small furnishings from the affected area, this can prove efficient in helping to mitigate permanent losses.

Larger furnishings, such as tables, couches, and armchairs can often be raised above the water level, rather than completely removed. SERVPRO technicians can block furniture or stack it, to ensure that there is no danger of permanent harm from prolonged exposure to moisture. Blocking furniture can also be an efficient preventative measure against fabric dyes bleeding into carpets. Once your furniture is safe, we can pump out excess water before moving in with specialty drying methods to get your home back to its preloss condition.

For thorough water removal services, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

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If Your Hardwood Floors In Your Chicago Home Are Damaged, Let Our Experts Help!

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville appreciates the opportunity to protect and preserve your beloved home from water damage.

Call The Chicago Water Removal Experts For Hardwood Floor Damage

Whether water spread from an overflowing sink or blew in during a heavy summer rainstorm, the prized hardwood floors in your vintage Chicago foursquare home can conceal severe damage. The construction details of a hardwood floor installation help explain why hardwood can sustain long term damage while initially looking like it weathered the storm perfectly. We can enhance your understanding of the anatomy of a hardwood floor and mitigate and remediate the harm done.

Leaving the windows open for cross ventilation made sense when you left for work, but an afternoon thunderstorm poured inside. The horizontal sheets of rain necessitate water removal in your Chicago Craftsman home’s dining room. A quick mopping cannot account for all the moisture your floor struggled to handle. Failing to account for percolation of water below the visible surface of the floor can result in distortion of the hardwood, deterioration of subflooring, and the risk of secondary damage like mold or mildew growth.

A floor’s total structure includes joists installed at vertical intervals with plywood sheets attached across to provide underlying support. The boards of the visible floor lie on top of the subfloor. SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are trained to investigate whether the subfloor absorbed water as it seeped between the strips or planks of the floor. We use sensitive meters to compare the moisture content of each layer, ready to take steps to restore the appropriate balance.

The optimal moisture content for both the hardwood and substrate is roughly 13 percent. When the disparity between the layers is more than two percent for wide plank, and four percent for strip hardwood problems develop. A wetter subfloor transfers moisture to the dryer hardwood, causing a distortion called cupping where the long edges of each board rise, creating a shallow valley on each plank or strip. Fast action by the SERVPRO team limits the time moisture can wick upwards.

We extract any visible puddling and then use a negative air pressure system to suction the water from deep below the surface. SERVPRO technicians attach mats to the floor and connect hoses from a powerful extractor, accelerating the removal of moisture at all levels. Frequent monitoring of moisture levels and repositioning of the mats ensure the floor dries out evenly. Patience and professionalism return even century-old hardwood to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville appreciates the opportunity to protect and preserve your beloved home from water damage. Call us at (312) 509-5000 for water removal and structural drying services.

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Stressed By Water Damage In Your Chicago Home? Call Us!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Carpeting can be a comforting part of Chicago homes and can help give your rooms a welcoming atmosphere. However, carpets can become a nightmare to deal with after exposure to water from a leak or broken faucet. Once wet, carpeting can facilitate the spread of mold or can disguise damage in the subflooring beneath it. When it comes to carpets, a rapid response is key, so it is vital that you choose professionals who can work to mitigate damages efficiently.

SERVPRO offers a wide range of services to address water damage in Chicago homes. Our experienced water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and are trained to quickly dry carpeting and can check for underlying damages. Carpeting can lose half of its adhesive strength once spillage penetrates vapor barriers, and it only gets worse as time goes on. Sections that come into long term contact with water can experience permanent delamination from the subflooring below, forcing us to remove and discard of these areas.

Our crews can begin the drying process by removing standing water from your floors. This can be done with the assistance of wet vacs and pumps. With the spillage removed from your home, we can begin the drying process. For the fastest results, we can remove affected areas of carpet for air drying and can speed up the process with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. However, in homes that have furniture on top of carpets, we can dry the affected areas in-place at a slower rate.

To ensure that we address all damages in your home, we can use moisture sensors to detect water damage in your subfloors. If we discover excess moisture, we can strip your carpeting and utilize additional air movers and dehumidifiers to fully dry out subflooring.

Dealing with water damage can be stressful. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to help put you at ease, so call us at (312) 509-5000 when you have a water damage emergency.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Chicago

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring rather than replacing items like carpets could keep your claim rates low, contact SERVPRO at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

Remediating Carpeted Properties In Chicago After Water Damage

Carpeted properties can become extensively damaged by a water spill. However, with the right approach, most carpets can be restored rather than replaced. Our technicians carry with them a carpet repair kit including razor knives, power stretchers, seaming tape and knee kickers to help remediate structural components in your home without resorting to expensive replacements.

One of the core parts of remediating water damage in Chicago properties is to pay close attention to your properties subfloor. The subfloor can imbibe moisture, which means any cleaning processes undertaken for carpets or pads are rendered ineffective as the moisture returns after carpets are put back in their original position.

In order to access and assess your subfloor, we need to remove carpets. Pulling up a carpet can help to provide airflow to the subfloor as well as allowing us to treat the carpet to remediation processes separately. Subfloor mats placed between the carpet and floor can often break apart when there is the presence of moisture and usually require removal, disposal, and replacement. Since subfloor mats are relatively cheap, replacing a subfloor mat is a time-efficient method that allows us to concentrate on the more complex challenges.

The carpets that have been removed to be treated separately can often be 'floated' to remove moisture and prevent shrinking. Floating carpets involves loosening the carpet tack strips and placing rapid air-movers underneath the loosened carpet. This technique is especially effective in mid to minor scale spills and helps us to ensure that any moisture that may have wicked to the baseboard is dried.

Before replacing a carpet to its original position, a SERVPRO technician can treat both sides of the carpet with an anti-microbial chemical or biocide. Although the most effective means of controlling microbial growth is through drying, anti-microbial treatments can provide a short-term fix and prevent mold colonies from forming overnight.

Restoring rather than replacing items like carpets could keep your claim rates low, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

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Chicago Water Loss Making Things Difficult? We Can Ease the Pain--Call SERVPRO

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

In a Chicago Home, Moisture Can Run But It Cannot Hide from SERVPRO--We Remove Water and Dry Your Property

Innovative Equipment and Highly-Trained Technicians Are the Keys to Chicago Water Damage Remediation

It is no surprise that water losses in your Chicago home pose the possibility of permanent and secondary harm to structural components and contents. Timely removal of water and efficient drying and restoration techniques by our reliable and highly skilled Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) is a smart solution. Mastering the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines ensure our crews employ only restoration industry best practices at the job site.

Water damage in your Chicago home can be the result of long-term neglect of leaks or a significant breach in a pipe or water-holding appliance like a water heater. Our team can manage any kind of water loss, including an investigation into the migration of the moisture to other areas of your home to avoid future surprises. We augment the initial assessment of visible water with data collected from moisture sensor readings. Thermal imaging locates caches of water pooling in building cavities.

Pin or pinless meters with wood, reference, and drywall scale modes help SERVPRO technicians calculate the moisture levels in common building materials. These readings provide a baseline for establishing drying goals and also help us track water movement, so we miss no wet structures or fixtures. A thermo-hygrometer measures temperature, relative humidity, and dew point, guiding us as we proceed with structural drying. Periodic measurements with these tools ensure we reduce the moisture appropriately among a wide range of materials.

Standing water can build up rapidly. We use pumps for two inches or more and wanded extractors to complete this phase of the job. Negative air pressure systems connect into wall cavities and multilayer flooring with hoses and mats, using suction to pull water settled into crevices or behind structures. On occasion, SERVPRO technicians perform carefully controlled demolition to release trapped water and allow for unimpeded airflow during drying. Flood cuts and drilled holes strategically placed save the majority of structures, requiring limited build-back after the remediation completes.

Rely on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to use state-of-the-art technology and industry best practices when we respond to your water loss. Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule an assessment by our IICRC-certified team, ready to turn damaged to “Like it never even happened” fast.

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The Most Important Elements of Water Damage Remediation in Chicago

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can quickly take over your home. Contact SERVPRO professionals for quick water damage remediation assistance .

Water Damage Mitigation Specialists in Chicago Prevent Spreading of Moisture in Residences

When your house experiences invading rainwater, flooding, or plumbing failures, SERVPRO is prepared to help out with your emergency. Chicago homes often have beautiful wood flooring and hold family treasures that homeowners intend to pass down to younger generations. Both of these can become damaged if emergencies do not receive the attention they require.

Residents can rely on SERVPRO to arrive with the necessary equipment to start the job and finish it quickly, so everything is "Like it never even happened." A large portion of our work involves water mitigation services in Chicago.

Through mitigation, we stop the spread of damaging water and moisture. Keeping dry items and materials from ever becoming saturated means we eliminate the need for restoration or replacement in these locations. While repairing damaged materials and belongings usually carries a lower cost than replacement expenses do, preventing damage, to begin with, is even more cost-effective.

Because moisture moves to dry locations, we use machines that pull water vapor out of the air. As the air steadily becomes drier, air movers can continually remove moisture out of outer layers of materials, furniture and other items inside your home. We use moisture meter readers to assess the percentage of humidity contained in the different things, preventing the possibility of over-drying.

Many things release moisture into the air more quickly than other materials. Drywall and other highly porous items let moisture enter the air faster than denser materials, like concrete or brick. We apply heat in some cases, as well as open windows and increase the number of air movers and desiccant machines when an area contains more slowly-drying materials.

Knowing the rate at which different materials dry helps us keep moisture from invading dry areas without over-drying areas susceptible to damage from too little humidity. When your home needs specialists who care about the result in your Woodlawn or Douglas home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We can help clean up the affected areas and keep the rest of your house safe.

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Water Damage Can Be Caused By Your Sprinkler System In Your Apartment In Chicago

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

While you cannot account for the failure of your sprinkler system, this network of piping can leave water damage throughout your entire apartment.

Water Cleanup For Sprinkler Misfires In Your Chicago Apartment

Fire suppression systems are common installations for your Chicago apartment building. While they do their part to put out a fire once it begins, they are not without errors or miscalculations that could leave you with widespread water loss without a reasonable explanation. Even with small fires, the volume of water often released from this suppression system extinguishes the blaze and can still leave a considerable mess to clean.

When you have a fire suppression system that turns on erroneously, you want the right professional water cleanup team in Chicago to arrive quickly with the tools and expertise to help. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training in water damage recovery and can help you to not only clean up the mess that the sprinkler system has left in your apartment but also work to dry out this damage as well and protect structural elements from requiring replacement.

From the time that our experts arrive at your home, we work quickly to determine the full scope of the damage. While much of the effects can be visible to our team and the property owner, this does not always show the entire scope of saturation and penetration. Through moisture detection equipment, our technicians can identify moisture pockets in wall cavities, ceiling spaces, subflooring, and other areas that do not get seen with the naked eye.

Cleanup of this water damage begins with drying up the damage that can get seen, and then shifting focus to drying out inaccessible areas with a minimalistic approach. With tools like our injectidry system, our SERVPRO technicians can drill holes behind removed baseboards to send hoses into wall cavities to dry out these areas without the need for extensive material removal.

While you cannot account for the failure of your sprinkler system, this network of piping can leave water damage throughout your entire apartment in a few moments. Let our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville water restoration specialists handle the mess and make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.

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Dealing With Mold After Water Damage In Chicago Properties

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

The last thing a homeowner wants in their property is mold.

Dealing With Mold After Water Damage

The last thing a homeowner wants in their property is mold. Unfortunately, in colder climates across America, it's an unfortunate reality. The causes of mold are varied and can occur from heavy rainfall, leaks in your plumbing or even in your HVAC. Moisture can fit into the smallest spaces or be absorbed by drywall making it difficult to guard against the growth of mold.

Properties that have suffered previous water damage in Chicago are at a higher risk of mold or mildew buildup. Anything from cracks between the floorboards, crawlspaces or behind fittings are places where moisture can seep in undetected. These areas are the ideal conditions for mold to grow and the resultant spores can cause it to spread rapidly.

When you call in a SERVPRO technician, the first thing you should provide as much information as you can. Usually, we need to cordon off the affected area to prevent spores from spreading to other areas of your home. Until the area is contained, we can not introduce air flow, such as using vacuums, as it would risk spreading.

Containment could include using plastic sheeting, negative airflow, covering of ducts (if we suspect mold in your HVAC), as well as decontamination rooms for SERVPRO equipment and PPE gear. Unfortunately, the majority of porous materials like fabrics must be removed and discarded. Non-porous materials in your home can be cleaned by our technician using HEPA vacuums or sanitizers.

Once all visible signs of mold have been removed from the containment area, the next job is to thoroughly dry materials and structure to protect against future infection. Regular drying equipment like air movers can be counter-productive and spread spores around. For that reason, SERVPRO can delay the drying procedure focusing on removing infected materials and lighter equipment like dehumidifiers.

As part of our service, we can remove and dispose of all contaminated materials to lessen the risk of mold returning to your home. We can also thoroughly deodorize the affected area using chemical foggers to get rid of that musty smell to make it like it never even happened.

If you spot mold on your walls or furnishings don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

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Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage In Your Chicago Home

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water can damage your Chicago home at any given moment or time.

Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage

Water can damage your Chicago home at any given moment or time. A sink or bathtub can overflow, or a pipe or supply line may burst. When an accident occurs in your house such an overflowing tub or sink, water can flow onto the floor and can damage the flooring, walls, and the ceiling beneath the tub. To prevent extensive damage to the residence, it is best to contact professionals and let them handle the problem as soon as possible. Our team is well experienced in water damage restoration and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

You can trust our professional SERVPRO water damage services in Chicago. Our crew is highly trained to work quickly to remove water from the affected areas. Doing so may help reduce the damages to your property. Microbial growth can cause health effects, which is why our techs work fast to migrate water from the structure. Our team arrives at your residence within hours after you contact us. The crew has the proper equipment to extract all standing water and to completely dry the affected areas in the home. The technicians may use extractors, pumps, and vacuums to eliminate excess water.

During the drying stage, the crew may use a variety of equipment such as air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to dry the air, structure, ceiling, and flooring. We also dry items in the home such as furniture and personal belongings. To make sure the interior of the home is thoroughly dry; the team may use moisture detection devices to locate hidden moisture from behind walls and flooring. Moisture can cause mold damage and rot, which is why using these tools helps our techs ensure the affected areas are thoroughly dry.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to help and is always nearby. If you have ever had a water emergency in your home, call us at (312) 509-5000 right away. Our water removal services are available 24/7 in the in the Kenwood, Bridgeport, South Shore and other surrounding areas in Chicago.

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Starting Restoration Services with Water Removal Protects Your Chicago Property

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

When accidents or disasters happen, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Water removal for your home

Accidents involving forgotten bathtubs or sinks that eventually overflow onto the floor, busted pipes, or loose shingles in your roof can lead to problems with undesired water causing problems in your Chicago residence. Dealing with the problem yourself might not turn out as quickly done as expected. SERVPRO can help protect your home from damages that stem from the presence of water.

Property owners in Chicago can rely on SERVPRO's professional water removal services to get the job done right. We prevent future problems by making your home “Like it never even happened.” Removing the water that invaded your home keeps damages related to microbial growth, wood rot, dry rot, peeling paint and loosened wallpapers, and many other problems from developing into full-fledged problems.

When we get a call that requires water removal equipment, we arrive at the residence with our Green Fleet ready to extract the water and start drying the interior of the home out thoroughly. Our more massive pumps are mounted on trucks and can pull thousands of gallons out very rapidly if needed. No job is too large or complicated for our expert teams. When smaller spills occur, we also carry the equipment for that specific situation. Hand-operated water extraction units remove water efficiently.

Our water removal regimen includes drying out any affected contents, as well. Our air movers and desiccant machines dry out the air, personal belongings and furniture, and visible structures. We use equipment to air out and dry any interior wall spaces that may have gotten saturated.

Using our moisture detectors both before and during our work, we can quickly detect the amount of moisture that exists in materials throughout your home. Infrared thermal imaging devices can detect hidden water, as well, ensuring that we locate hidden areas of water that may cause problems otherwise. We want to leave your home completely restored and as protected from future damage as possible.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to answer your call at (312) 509-5000. We serve those in the Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Douglas areas whenever water removal services are needed to protect a residence from the damages of unwanted, intrusive water.

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Moisture Sensors Help Dry Structures After Water Damage in Chicago

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Tools like this can help our technicians know where water removal is needed.

Equipment needed to remove water damage

Laundry is a household task that most of us do without giving it much thought. We put our dirty clothes in the washer, turn on the machine and forget about it until we hear the buzzer reminding us the washing cycle is complete. Undoubtedly, the soapy water standing on the basement floor was a surprise when you went back to check on your washing. Calling a professional to extract the water as soon as possible can help lessen the amount of damage to your flooring and removing hidden pockets of water may prevent mold from growing.

SERVPRO provides water removal in Chicago. An overflowing sink can cause a great deal of water damage in hidden areas such as behind baseboards and under floorboards, which is why calling us is can help. We have tools that can find concealed moisture that could cause additional damage to the structure. The team utilizes different moisture meters to determine if water is hiding in various areas such as inside the baseboards. The penetrating meter has probes that can test underneath flooring as well as inside wall cavities. Penetrating surfaces assist technicians when calculating the level of water migration. The crew can also use non-penetrating sensors that they place on a surface to get moisture readings. Moisture meters help return structures back to their normal moisture levels. Plus, they aid in detecting if a structure is dry.

The SERVPRO technicians may also use thermo-hygrometers to measure both temperature and humidity levels. The tech allows the meters to adapt to the air conditions in the area before taking a reading. Next, they use those results in combination with a psychrometric calculator or chart to determine the level of humidity. The crew compares air readings in four areas that include the outside the structure, the affected and unaffected sections and from the exhaust coming through the dehumidifier into the affected area. Using this type of moisture meter helps technicians establish if dehumidification is contributing to the drying process. Plus, employing more than one sensor aids technicians when determining if an area is dry. It may be necessary to do further inspection such as removing baseboards or molding to assess dryness and to vent wall cavities.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has the tools to handle water removal emergencies in your home. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000 day or night.

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All You Need to Know When You Face Water Damage in Chicago

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help.

Call on SERVPRO to Identify the Category of Water Damage in Your Home

Every property owner fears to experience water damage incidents since they bring about a lot of losses. The other aspect of such problems is that they make your contents undergo slow but steady deterioration if you fail to start the remediation process as soon as possible. For instance, there is a risk of mold growth, which can cause health effects and permanent destruction to your Chicago home.

There are three main types of water you should expect during a water damage incident in Chicago, and these are Category 1 (clean water), Category 2 (gray water) and Category 3 also known as black water. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that both black and gray water can present health effects to the occupants, and therefore handle such situations differently and wear Personal Protective Equipment during the remediation process.

Sometimes it can be challenging to develop a clear picture of the areas with the actual damage. It is critical to first identify such areas by using specialized equipment like moisture meters because water usually hides in places like walls. The next step is to dry the wet areas, and the materials we are restoring determine the method our SERVPRO technicians use. If we are restoring an insulated wall, then we may decide to introduce flood cuts, otherwise, weep holes can be an option when reclaiming walls with no insulation.

Our SERVPRO team also establishes a proper airflow in the area to enhance the drying process. Opening windows and introducing air movers might not be enough in places where the moisture load is high, and we might need to do more. When drying your property, we can use hygrometers to ensure the area does not end up with excess humidity. We can perform dehumidification to absorb the extra moisture if we notice there is high humidity.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is an industry leader in residential and commercial restoration. Call us at (312) 509-5000 when you face fire, mold, water or storm damage, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”  

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SERVPRO Provides Water Removal from Chicago Flooded Vehicles

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has experience mitigating flood damage to vehicles.

Flooded Vehicles Require Delicate and Thorough Water Removal

In the event of a flood, you may find your vehicles more heavily damaged than your home. The vehicle may be on the street, where water flow is the strongest, or could have other factors contributing to a more negative reaction to flooding than the home. In some cases, cars and trucks can trap water inside the cabin/ or other parts of the car, requiring a professional Chicago water removal service to clean up. SERVPRO has experience reversing the effects of flood damage from homes and vehicles alike and can dry out your vehicles with as little damage to them as possible.

What Makes Work in Vehicles Challenging?

Flooded vehicles can be some of the most challenging water removal jobs in Chicago. While homes afford us ample space and freedom of movement during our work efforts, vehicles have much tighter spaces to work in. They have little breathing room for our technicians and equipment, and we often must rely on more time-consuming hand-applied drying and water extraction methods. Furthermore, flood damage often critically impairs vehicles, making operations in some dangerous and difficult.

How Does SERVPRO Help?

Our technicians are trained and equipped to provide the delicate and thorough care needed by flooded vehicles. If a significant amount of water remains in the vehicle, we can use water extractors to pump liquid water out of interiors, trunks, truck beds, and engine compartments. We can then remove seats and objects from the car to accelerate the drying process and ensure that every component gets looked at carefully. If necessary, SERVPRO may call in a local expert contractor to assist with restorations to delicate components such as electronic dashboards and engine components. We make every effort to help the vehicle become roadworthy once more, or gain as much resale value as possible. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local provider of flexible and professional water removal solutions. If your home or vehicle has taken on excess water, call us at (312) 509-5000.  

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Drying Hardwood Flooring after Water Removal in Your Chicago Home

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Proper steps must be followed to dry water damaged hardwood flooring correctly. If you experienced water damage, contact SERVPPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Proven Steps When Dealing With Water Damage

Finished flooring is becoming more and more popular in today’s homes in Chicago. When it becomes flooded for any reason, how it is treated depends on the kind of wood, kind of finish, response time, amount of moisture, the method of installation and the degree of water damage that is already evident.
 
As with all water-related incidents, timing is of the utmost importance. Your floors risk permanent damage if water removal in Chicago is not taken care of right away in your home. Hardwood flooring absorbs moisture more slowly because of the porosity of the product, but a restoration specialist from SERVPRO is needed to repair the damage for you.
 
Upon arrival to your home, we begin our inspection – a crucial part of the restoration process. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species including maple, oak, pine, and cherry. Each variety poses different challenges in the drying process because of the various levels of absorption.
 
The initial installation method must be assessed as well. It could have been glued, nailed or installed in a floating method. Moisture can allow for the release of glues, and if it was installed with a floating method, it might not be true wood and could be laminated.
 
Effective drying of hardwood floors is a slow process which could sometimes take seven to ten days to let the floor get rid of enough water to stop the forced drying process. SERVPRO staff know that removing all the absorbed water from the floor results in excessive costs and you must let nature help in the process.
 
The process of drying hardwood must be halted when the moisture content is at four percent of the dry standard of that flooring. After this, nature removes the rest of the water, although it is very slow. It could take anywhere from three to six months. After it is properly dried, some damage to the finish could remain. Sometimes finishes must be removed to allow for proper moisture removal. Once the floor is dry, it can be re-finished.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands how to dry various types of hardwood flooring so that you can trust your floor to them with confidence. We are available anytime at (312) 509-5000 for residents in the areas of Bridgeport, Bronzeville or Chicago.

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Handle Water Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Immediately

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

It doesn't take a flood to cause water damage in your Chicago area home.

Water Damage In Your Home

You might be the type of homeowner that has a small spot on their ceiling that only gets wet after significant rainfall. Tempting you to do something like, put things off until later, or avoid taking steps to protect your Chicago property. If this sounds like you; disaster may be right around the corner.

It does not take a flood to cause water damage in your Chicago area home. A tiny problem that happens repeatedly can have the same devastating effects. Corrosion, rot, rust, and even mold can hide in hard to reach areas of your home, making it impossible to see the entire problem, without hiring a professional.

SERVPRO responds to situations all of the time that homeowners could avoid, with a little knowledge. A small roof leak, for instance, can do damage to your attic, rafters, insulation, and framing. Eventually, problems develop on your home’s interior, causing drop ceiling and visual damage to your walls. As this happens, water continues making its way to the lowest point of your home. Water is quite sneaky, following electrical lines, plumbing, gas lines, and other avenues, creating damage along the way that causes a wealth of future problems for you to deal with that your insurance company might even call neglect.

Why? You ask. Any insurance company is more likely to pay out on new, emergency water damage claims than they would for extensive damage that appears to have developed over extended periods. They may feel that as a resident, you should have recognized the problem and taken steps to avoid significant problems.

Asking for help as soon as you locate water damage issues in your home can contribute to removing these obstacles from your path. Companies like SERVPRO give you access to qualified professionals that trace the problem to its source, provide necessary repairs, and make your home new again.

You can even learn more about where water problems often begin, helping you catch problems even sooner the next time. SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians promote best practices, inspecting the entire area, ensuring proper removal of all excess water found in your home.

Get help from quality water damage restoration personnel at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, now. We provide full-service solutions to homeowners throughout the E. Bridgeport and Bronzeville areas as well, call today (312) 509-5000.

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Water Removal Services In Chicago When A Dishwasher Has Overflowed

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors.

Water Removal Services

At SERVPRO, we receive many flooding emergencies involving dishwashers that have overflowed and caused damage to floors and other nearby areas. Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors. In fact, it's one of the most frequent causes of moisture damage in the house.

Fixing damage from a leaking dishwasher is a daunting task that requires professional help. SERVPRO is a locally based restoration company that can provide quick water removal services in your Chicago property when a home appliance has overflowed. Certified by the IICRC, our technicians are highly experienced and equipped to overcome any water damage from a malfunctioned dishwasher.

One of the most frequent mistakes property owners make in this situation is assuming that only the floors require water removal. After moping out the water with some towels, they sit back satisfied that the job is done. Unfortunately, when water overflows from the dishwasher, it tends to spread to other parts of the home. It can soak the kitchen cabinets or even permeate the floors and make its way to the crawlspace below. In some cases, it can penetrate the walls and soak up your insulation or even cause damage to electrical sockets in the walls.

Our water removal experts utilize various detection and monitoring devices to determine exactly how far this water has traveled and which areas have been affected. For instance, we use the moisture sensor to detect the presence of moisture in soft materials, as well as moisture meters to determine the actual moisture content in different materials.

Sadly, most homeowners do not realize the extent of the water damage until it is too late. Some items, such as furniture and carpeting, are extremely vulnerable to water. If they are soaked in water for too long, it may be difficult to salvage them through our drying efforts.

Two common consequences of prolonged exposure to water damage are weakened support structures in the house and mold growth. You need to contact SERVPRO within 24-48 hours after water contamination to control mold growth at its early stages. Once they start growing, these fungi multiply quickly and may be hazardous to your health.

The secret to effective water removal when a dishwasher overflows or malfunctions is acting fast. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is strategically located to offer quick water removal services in the Chicago area. For emergency services, call us today at (312) 509-5000.

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Prevent Water Damage To Your Chicago Home

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter or run off from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home.

SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Chicago Home 


Water damage can happen to your home in many different ways. You cannot always prevent damage from extreme weather such as a storm or flood, but there are many things you can do to prevent other kinds of water damage.


A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter or run off from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home. Water damages your belongings and furniture, affects the structure of your home, and can be a seed for mold growth. Your home will be less pleasant to live in. If left unchecked, water damage can cause structural problems which are costly to repair.


Prevention is better than cure. Our SERVPRO water damage experts recommend the following to prevent water damage to your home:



  • Keep your roof and gutters in good order. Regularly check your roof and gutters for any damage or leaks. Get any problems remedied when you find them – don’t wait.

  • Clean your gutters. Even gutters in good condition can cause water damage if they get clogged. Go up to your gutters and clean out any leaves, branches, birds nests or other debris.

  • Be careful where you plant. Trees and shrubs make your garden look beautiful, but many have invasive roots that wrap around your pipes and break them. SERVPRO recommends checking out where your pipes go and being mindful of what you plant near them.

  • Use a drain snake. Every homeowner battles a blocked sink at some point. It is easy to reach for a chemical unblocker, but some of them contain harsh chemicals that erode pipes. A drain snake is inexpensive, effective, and easy to use.

  • Throw away your grease. Pouring grease down your kitchen sink clogs the pipes and leads to blockages and even damage. Put any grease into a separate container and dispose of it in the trash instead.

  • Check your water bill. Some leaks are hard to spot. Your water bill can give you a clue before you notice the physical evidence. Keep an eye on your bill – unexpected rises in water costs or usage indicate a potential leak.

  • Replace your washing machine hose. An old washing machine hose is water damage waiting to happen. Don’t let a worn away hose become a cause of water damage in your house. Replace it regularly to prevent problems.


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No matter how careful you are, water damage can still occur. If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

The Water Removal Process In South Shore

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

When there is a loss due to water damage, professional restoration services quickly begin their water removal process by using advanced equipment.

Truck Mount Vacuums And The Water Damage Removal Process

When there is a loss due to water damage, professional restoration services quickly begin their water removal process by using advanced industry equipment, like a truck mount extractor. A truck mount extractor can be used solely or with other water extraction tools. A truck mount extractor helps to pump out the water in damaged homes or commercial establishments.

Truck mounts are large, powerful extracting machines whose power comes from sucking water through a hose that has a wand at its end which is used to skim the surface of your wet flooring. The water removal process in South Shore structures when damage occurs is powerfully extracted by a truck mount vacuum removal process. As water removal equipment, a truck mount is available in two different types.

There is the slide-in truck mounts and the van-powered truck mounts. Slide-in truck mount systems are easily transferable from one vehicle to another. The van-powered truck mounts are very compact for easier use by remediation experts. The van-powered systems that arrive on a water removal site are limited in transferable vehicle options. Both truck mount systems are necessary for water removal environments.

Water damage is one of the main contributors to property loss. No matter how water damage occurs, its quick removal is necessary. SERVPRO uses powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units. These systems can extract hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. We also use infrared cameras to find hidden water spots, hygrometers, powerful pumps, and more to help restore your home or business.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a locally owned and operated business. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. Call us anytime; we are accessible 24 hours a day to help our community. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 when you need the best in restoration and remediation services from water, fire, mold, or storm damages.

Water Damage Professionals for Residents

8/7/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding Has Devastated this Area - Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO is Certified to Help With Any Kind of Water Damage

Lawrence County, Illinois is in the southeastern part of the state and its residents have experienced years of flooding. Levee's have broken and heavy rainfall has inundated the area, along with the Wabash River over- running its banks. Homes and businesses experience devastating damages during the rushing waters of a flood.

Water damage in Bridgeport has a helping hand with locally owned and operated SERVPRO. In addition to flooding, we can address any type of damage inflicted by water. If your water heater leaked, if there is a sewage back-up problem, if your appliances fail or your HVAC system malfunctions, we are here to help you re-establish your property to a pre-loss condition.

We are a company with fully trained and IICRC certified technicians. We can handle your water damage restoration needs quickly and professionally. If standing water is not removed immediately, mold spores can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours. Don't be concerned about mold infestation on your property; we can provide complete mold detection and removal services.

Our water damage restoration process is designed to get you quickly back into your home or business with minimal downtime. We begin with a comprehensive inspection and damage assessment so that we have a solid plan on how to proceed. Following this, our water extraction process starts with a removal of the majority of the water. Our powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units are used to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

With the SERVPRO drying and dehumidification process, we use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to dry-out your home or office. We don't stop there, our next step to help restore you to normal is our cleaning and repair process. Your property structure like a ceiling, flooring and walls will require professional cleaning, as well as your furnishings and other restorable belongings. Cleaning also involves our professional odor removal and deodorization process.

Our restoration process is our final step. Depending on the extent of water damage, we have many different plans to help you. We perform minor and/or major repairs, we can board-up, provide temporary fencing, offer temporary warehouse space and help with our move-out/pack-out system.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a 24-hour emergency company. We are available whenever you need help with residential or commercial water damage problems. When you call us, you don't get a recording. You will speak to a compassionate and caring specialists. Call us at (312) 509-5000 so that we can bring your building to full functionality.

Bronzeville Water Damage - Water damage in Bronzeville Caused by a Burst Pipe

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

One of the most expensive restoration projects for a property owner in Bronzeville with water damage can be the water damage from burst pipes.

Burst Pipes Can Cause Water Damage in Bronzeville

Pipes which have burst could have several reasons for doing so, which include high water pressure, pipes freezing, or damaged and degraded materials. One of the most expensive restoration projects for a property owner in Bronzeville with water damage can be the water damage from burst pipes.

Prevention and Preparation
A lot of property owners want to know how to avoid this costly occurrence and how to be prepared for it in case it does happen to them. The first step to take is to find a trustworthy water damage restoration company who will be able to help you in an emergency should one arise. It is much easier to have one on hand then to be scrambling to find one if something happens.

You will then want to maintain your pipes as best as you can throughout the year. The number one reason for burst pipes is frozen pipes, so make sure that all pipes, particularly those outdoors, are insulated properly. If it is a property that you leave for an extended time frame, make sure to leave the faucets in the home on at a trickle to keep the pipes from freezing. Opening a faucet up will relieve any extra pressure inside the piping. Remember that a dripping faucet will waste water, so you should only do this with pipes that are vulnerable to freezing.
The temperature on the inside of the house shouldn’t drop below fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit at any time. Even though water freezes at 36 degrees Fahrenheit, the probability of the pipes freezing are higher the colder it gets.

Find Your Water Main
Knowing where the water main is to your property is important in preventing any water damage that is catastrophic in the event of burst pipes. Make sure, as well that everyone in the home is familiar where the water main can be found in case of an emergency.

Turning Off Electric
Ensure the safety of your family and the restoration crew which you will need to call in the event of Bronzeville water damage by turning off any electricity running to the area which is affected. This will prevent dangerous situations, such as electrocution and fire.

Get Debris Out of Drains
If there are any drains by the affected area, make sure they do not have any blockage or debris in them. This will help the water damage technicians from SERVPRO while they are restoring the damage done by the burst pipes.

If you do experience a burst pipe, leave the faucets open until the repairs have been finished. Don’t try to thaw the pipes on your own, but rather wait for SERVPRO to help you. We’ll also look for mold as well, as it is very dangerous to let any mold remain in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville right away if you have experienced a burst pipe so that it can be taken care of as soon as possible. We can be reached at (312) 509-5000.

Hyde Park Water Damage--Tips

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Keep Your Rain Gutters in Good Repair or Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Signs That You Need New Gutters to Prevent Water Damage in Hyde Park

One of the most frequent mistakes made by homeowners is to take the work of their rain gutters for granted. Hyde Park water damage can be the unhappy result. Sure, they’re not very exciting. They are hardly going to inspire awe or inspiration. But, the truth is that they’re essential to the smooth running of a house.

Without efficient and effective guttering, rainwater cannot be carried safely away from the building. And if groundwater is allowed to accumulate, it will make its way downwards; right through to the foundations of your home.

To protect your property from water damage, you need to keep gutters clean and to function smoothly. If you have not inspected your guttering in recent years, it is time to do so now.

Here are the five signs that will tell you it is time to replace your gutters.

Sagging and Bowing
If your gutters sag or pull away from the building, they are in need of a careful inspection. This condition is one of the clearest indications that you need replacement gutters, so do not ignore the warning signs. It may be that the gutters are sagging because they are filled with stagnant water and have stopped draining properly. In the winter months, ice damming can occur if the drainage is clogged.

Cracks and Fractures
It is a mistake to believe that small fractures do not require attention. They will inevitably turn into bigger problems, so why not fix them while they only need minor repairs? If you catch cracks in gutters early, you might be able to fix them with something as simple as gutter repair tape or caulk. If they get too extensive, however, replacement gutters are the only option.

Rust Spots and Patches
If you can, climb a ladder to get a good look at the state of your gutters. If you see any red rusting spots, you know that an overhaul is needed, because these areas will eventually wear through and create holes. It may be worth considering a rust resistant material like aluminium in future.

Interior Water Damage
Nobody wants to be dealing with flooding in their basement or downstairs utility room. At the very least, however, you can be sure of the solution. The most frequent cause of subterranean flooding is dysfunctional drainage systems. If the gutters do not function properly, or the downspouts are clogged, the water will just seep into the ground by the foundation if the gradient does not allow gravity to transport the water away.

External Water Damage
Signs of non-working gutters should be addressed immediately to prevent Hyde Park water damage. To identify drainage problems, take a walk around the building and keep an eye out for evidence of moisture. For example, slimy patches on exterior walls, mold patches, water stains, and peeling paint are indicators of a water problem. If a problem occurs, or you would like a complimentary inspection of your property for fire, mold, or water damage, call SERVPRO to help you out. Our experienced IICRC trained technicians can return your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We respond promptly to all fire, mold, and water damage emergencies in Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Kenwood. Call us 24/7 for help. (312) 509-5000